City of Kingston Water Works

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The Pump House Steam Museum. Source: City of Kingston

Built in 1851, the City of Kingston Water Works, affectionately known as the Pump House, was Kingston’s first water-pumping station. The red brick facade you see today was designed by local architects John and Joseph Power in a Richardsonian Romanesque style. The large arched windows in the front and back of the building symbolize the transport of water from Lake Ontario to the city and its residents.

The Pump House Steam Museum, at 23 Ontario St., opened in 1973 as a working steam attraction and has evolved into a community museum. It houses the original water pumps and boilers, a model electric railway exhibit, a fully interactive discovery centre and showcases up to three exhibits a year of local and international significance.

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